Choose from a spectacular, fulldome show in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium; hands-on, interactive, science exhibits; or one of our award-winning programs like daily Science Live! demonstrations, 3D Printing Workshops, ScienceQuest Camps, Science Cafes, and other special events.

  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 OPEN DAILY: Mon-Sun,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day

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TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Research)... a daylong professional conference for high school girls, presented by women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Research) professions. Each presenter is eager to share details about her career with you, answer your questions, help steer you to the right educational pathway, and give you a little taste of daily life in the workplace. Participants attend four, 55-minute sessions that explore a variety of STEM topics.

TWISTER Mission:

To inform high school aged young women about possible science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career paths, by providing opportunities for participants to connect with positive female role models working in STEM fields and to engage in hands-on, real-life STEM activities. Since 2003, over 1,300 students have attended TWISTER and over 350 women have volunteered as presenters.


Be a Participant

Why Attend TWISTER?

  • Opportunities to meet and connect with women working in a wide array of STEM professions
  • A chance to hear first-hand how women balance careers, interests and family
  • Fun and engaging hands-on STEM activities and topics
  • To discover new career ideas, college pathways and requirements, opportunities for internships and other educational experiences
  • A chance to meet other young women with similar interests and passions

How Do I Sign Up?

Cost: $15

Day-of Information

  • See 2016’s program for an idea of the day’s schedule
  • This event is held during regular business hours in Adventure Science Center classrooms.
  • TWISTER may conflict with February ACT or SAT dates. We suggest you check with your school before registering.
  • Lunch is provided and includes a sandwich, fruit or chips, and bottled water
  • Only students, presenters and event staff are allowed in the sessions.
  • The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 3:30 p.m.
  • Participants will be emailed more details closer to the day of the event, and will receive their specific session schedule for the day at check-in the morning of the conference.

WiTT Scholarship

WiTT (Women in Technology of Tennessee) awards a $5000 scholarship and Asurion, through WiTT partnership, awards a $1000 scholarship to select TWISTER attendees. Applications have closed for the 2017 WiTT Scholarship.

2016 WiTT Scholarship Winners

$5,000 Scholarship to Lauren H., Merrol Hyde Magnet School
$1,000 Scholarship to Lillian E., Martin Luther King Junior Magnet School

Be a Presenter

TWISTER seeks female role-models currently working in science, technology, engineering, research, or math-related fields who would like the opportunity to positively impact high school women interested in STEM. Presenters are asked to prepare and present a 55-minute session for 20-25 participants; session should include a hands-on activity relative to your topic.

See 2016’s program for an idea of the day’s schedule and session inspiration; although, we are always looking for new and exciting topics!

Applications for TWISTER 2017 presenters have closed.

Be a Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to be presentation assistants, assist with set-up/clean-up, help with registration, and aid in general event duties.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this TWISTER Volunteer Form.

Presenters and volunteers can contact with questions.

Be a Donor or Sponsor

Are you looking to support TWISTER with a donation?

We appreciate all donations received that help provide this opportunity for high school girls of all backgrounds to engage in STEM education and explore new and exciting career paths. Your donation helps cover the cost of registration fees for TWISTER attendees, and allows us to serve a broader range of communities in middle Tennessee through TWISTER.

Click the button below and include “TWISTER Support” in the comments form to make your donation:

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Is your organization interested in becoming a sponsor?

Contact Tim Sears at (615) 401-5055 or for more information.

2017 Presenting Sponsors

Contributing Sponsor:

UBS Financial Services, Inc.

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